"No, you treasure your self," A review of "Treasure Yourself" by Miranda Kerr

DPP_0127My review of "Treasure Yourslef," By Miranda Kerr.

According to The Great Wiki, Miranda Kerr (born 20 April 1983) is an Australian model best known as one of the Victoria's Secret Angels since mid-2007. Kerr began modeling in the fashion industry when she was 13. She is married to Legolas.

She is also an author. And, I will admit, this burns me up inside.

Having read much of "Treasure Yourself," this afternoon, I have to admit, I see the appeal of her brand, especially among the shy awkward girly set. It's a pink, cute package with a neat and clever look and feel. And it is pink. Kerr seems to genuinely try to present a positive, pro-girl message aimed at encouraging young ladies to love themselves and hone in on what makes them unique. And also, she's a Victoria's Secret Underwear model married to goddamn Will Turner. So, she's got that going for her, shy and awkward girl. What do you have? A sock monkey? A sock monkey's a good start. That's just as good. Really. A sock monkey. Try to love who you are, ok?

The words in the book are arranged competently, and overall, the writey parts are mercifully short. It's padded out with girly artwork and illustrations in the same way that an undergraduate student tweaks linespacing and font choices in order to make his last-minute term paper seem more substantial than it really is. Seriously, the plaintext file of this book is probably, like, 25 pages.

However. the writey bits of the book are just not very good, and if Kerr wants to be the 'good girl' of the superfashion world, she needs to try harder. The sections of "Treasure Yourself," about body image and nutrition are incomplete and made nearly laughable given the lack of scientific validity to Kerr's recommendations:

  • "If you're having trouble sticking with your exercise plan, try running with friends!"
  • "Yoga keeps me fit and healthy, inside and out."
  • "I eat the right food for my body, drink lots of water and detox regularly."

Given the attention and criticism lobbed at the modeling industry, Kerr's approach to this topic is at best vapid, and at worst harmful. Seriously. if you're not thinking about Malibu Stacy you should be.

I'm not saying that Kerr is a bad person. And I genuinely believe she thinks she is doing good work. She maintains that she doesn't believe that girls should feel the need to hold themselves to the standard of beauty set by the modeling industry in general and by herself specifically. When accused of having an Eating Disorder in October of 2009, she told Grazia Magazine, “I really don’t want girls to think they have to look like me. I want them to nurture themselves and really be the best they can be." Of course, as she continues to participate in a image-obsessed industries like modeling and cosmetics, one has to question Kerr's commitment to that belief.

The last 100 pages or so of the 230 page book are short, fluffy quotations and affirmations tied loosely to the topics explored in the first half of the book. These quotes are culled from popular inspiration gurus like Louise Hay, Deepak Chopra, Steven Covey, and, of course, Kerr herself.

This is not a self-help book. This is not a memoir. This is a ugly and obvious piece of marketing for Kerr's brand of organic cosmetics-- the book is featured prominently on the Kora Organics website. The design of the book and is obviously -on brand- with the Kora line.

"Treasure Yourself" is just as predatory to little girls as Joe Camel was to teenagers. This book is about getting the brand hooks in to our young. HayHouse, the book's publisher, Kerr herself, and the five Astroturfers who gave the book positive reviews on Amazon.com should be ashamed of themselves.

Miranda Kerr's "Treasure Yourself" Final Rating: Do. Not. Want.

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Finally, someone who sees the

Finally, someone who sees the truth! I completely agree with this post, and she mentions her skin line a lot in the book. And honestly, half of the book is just quotes from others, I can't believe it took her so long to write it.. And it's odd that in the book it's only like 3 pages written about diet, since she always talks about how she studied nutrition and is passionate about it..if that was true, why didn't she write more about that and share some of her nutrition knowledge? The book was disappointing and fake.

Haters gonna hate.

Firstly, to the idiot who wrote this review;

Go to hell.
Atleast Miranda is trying to help young girls grow to be confident, happy young women.
Are you writing books to help teenage girls who suffer from many issues already? Are you creating an organic skin are line to help people feel better about themselves and be healthier? Are you setting an example of a healthy lifestyle? I think not. Therefore, before you start criticizing Miranda for trying to make a difference to other's lives, I suggest you shut down your computers and get a God damn life.

I will refer to your statement, 'body image and nutrition are incomplete and made nearly laughable given the lack of scientific validity to Kerr's recommendations';

She's not a freaking scientist! She's a supermodel who has studied nutrition and unlike a majority of models her age, a brain, which you clearly lack.

To the people who are also making rude comments about Miranda and her book;
Her book was most certainly NOT 'disappointing and fake'.
If you read some other reviews and people's testimonials on her Facebook page, you will find that her book has helped a number of people gain confidence and many other positive attributes. The quotes are pick-me-ups for when you are having a shitty day, or to remind yourself that you are unique, and you shouldn't try to be anything else but yourself. I don't see how this is disappointing or fake in any way, shape or form.

As for the 'three pages of nutrition', you can go online and look up how to eat healthy, so why should she have to put it in her book? I think you should just be greatful for what you got.

You shouldn't say this

You shouldn't say this reviewer has no right to give a negative review to this book because you are a fan of HER. This is a book review. Not something to gain Miranda Kerr publicity. If you enjoyed the book, and think many of these comments ate untrue, state them. But the fact you admire her as a model does not make her a good author. Just like every girl who can sing should not make a cross over to the movie industry as a way to promote their public image.

I have not yet read this book, and like both the reviewer and the people commenting, I have never met Miranda. My comment on the book is totally neutral. But even if I was a huge fan of Miranda Kerr, I would be in no place to comment about the quality of her book before reading it. If Miranda is a professional author, then her reviews should to be professional. Reviews aren't on people, but the literature they write. Perhaps Miranda is a lovely girl who looks great strutting down a runway and is a personal role model for many, as well as a great, confident person. The reviewer doesn't argue this anywhere. But in his/her opinion, the book sucks.

He shouldn't give a positive review based on the person who wrote it. Being a Victoria's Secret supermodel does not mean you are automatically a brilliant author. He is not attacking Miranda, every point he makes in this review is not hateful but valid.

He found the diet section was minimal and not backed up by science. Maybe Miranda should be given a holiday for being the only model to study nutrition, but since this boom is aimed towards young girls, giving them tips on how to treat their bodies with no evidence they are healthy or effective is a pretty big deal, an important thing to bring up. I have read multiple reviews saying she isn't an extremely talented author and the prose she wrote was terribly short, and if the author weren't already famous for another career no one would comment about how a book reviewer has no right to not lie about his personal opinions and convince his readers to buy he a book he sees is a waste of money, all so an already successful woman can make more profit. Being a fan of a person and wanting them to be successful in every aspect is a terrible reason to give a book a good review.

Congrats to Miranda for her organic skin line, I never put anything that isn't all natural on my skin, but if this author read the book and found that a self-help book, a project much different from a skin care line, was published more for the benefit of bringing positive attention to a company and not empowering girls, that is something to mention. I don't want to read a two-hundred something page commercial. If I am buying a self-help book it is for sincere and honest advice published solely for the benefit of the reader gaining a positive mindset on life, not on what beans of cosmetics to buy.

The problem with people who are famous as a model, actress, singer, etc who then writes a book is a majority of the reviews have a not-so-slight bias be Suse they like the author. You can hate her book and go on thinking she is inspirational and gorgeous.

Miranda participates in the

Miranda participates in the "image-obssessed fashion industry" because she is a beautiful person and she is trying to change peoples' negative views on the business. She advocates health and moderation and peace and lives by them as well.

Miranda wrote "Treasure Yourself" NOT to advertise for Kora Organics, but to tell others that feeling good about yourself and being healthy is better than hating your image and succumbing to the pressures that follow that.

As a supermodel, a mother, a wife, and a style icon, Miranda broadcasts her ideals in her book and in all of her interviews. With her book, Miranda shows others that true beauty comes from taking care of yourself, loving yourself, treasuring yourself.